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Submitted by witness on Wednesday, July 20, 2011.
Elk hunters see huge, white upright figure approach their campfire north of Fort Collins
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COUNTY: Larimer County
LOCATION DETAILS: 287N out of Fort Collins to WY border then all old dirt roads from there and 4x4
NEAREST TOWN: Larmie
NEAREST ROAD: 287
OBSERVED: My family has a lot of private property in upper Cherokee Park by red feather lakes. A lot of deer and moose and elk.We went up for a elk hunt night, fall had just swept over camp. We got a fire going and had no other light. We could see about 40 foot or so, it was about 1 min after the fire got going we heard boom boom boom on the hollow ground. Out of no where there it was, about 40 foot away there was a white upright monster. It stopped, hunched down and turned to make a chilling stare at us for a sec. but it felt like time had stopped for me. I blinked and it stood up and was 10 foot or better. Seemed like it took about 7 to 9 steps and it was gone. All this took a little over 40 sec., felt like a hour.
ALSO NOTICED: The snow was patchy and it seemed to me that the beast would step in the melted patches
OTHER WITNESSES: me my brother and his friends, we all saw it and we were just getting warm by fire we just got there and unloaded our gear
OTHER STORIES: no
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Night had just come over the camp, about 7 pm cold and snowing
ENVIRONMENT: pine forst and big rock out crops huge rocks streams lakes and no people or very little lots of wild life
A & G References: Colorado pg 19 5-6-7- B
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Dennis Pfohl:
I spoke to Eric on the phone about his encounter. The following can be included with his original report.
Eric, his brother and two friends drove from Denver Colorado to their family's property in north Central Colorado near the Wyoming-Colorado state line to try and fill their elk hunting permits before the season expired. This property has been owned by the family for over 65 years.
They arrived sometime right after it got dark, and decided to immediately make a campfire before turning in to a nearby trailer to get some sleep for the next day's hunt.
After a few minutes and with the fire starting to grow larger, they heard branch breaking from a stand of trees below them in a draw. They thought it could have been an antlered elk or moose coming up as they could hear footfalls approaching.
Eric described the ground on his property as consisting of granite and hard, with an almost hollow sound to it when hoofed animals (ungulates) are walking nearby.
They then witnessed a large upright figure come out of the darkness as it entered the outer fringe of the firelight, around 40 feet from them.
It seemed as if it suddenly noticed them and quickly crouched down, and then turned and moved off back into the darkness. Eric stated that it all took place very quickly, but was like time stood still. It left back down the rise and away from them. All four men heard it, and saw the figure come up, crouch and turn away.
They all went inside the trailer after it left, and were very shaken. The guns were left inside another trailer nearby and no one wanted to go outside for a while to retrieve them. They went out that next morning to look around but found no visible tracks or sign.
Eric mentioned to me an interesting observation, he thinks it was avoiding walking on the patches of icy snow that was scattered all around the area, since there was no sign.
Eric described its movement as "running when it was walking." It had incredible speed as it left, and it was just walking away.
Eric further describes its appearance in these details.
"It looked like a giant man", a male. The shoulders were very wide, extremely wide and bulky in the chest. His estimate was 5' 6" wide in the shoulders, and its overall height was between 9' 6" - 10'. Eric said "that it wouldn’t fit through a standard doorway.
According to Eric they were able to measure a branch that it had ducked under when it left that next morning to get the height estimate.
Eric said that when it crouched as it came into view by the light of the campfire, it appeared to be at least as tall as his brother when it was crouched. His brother is 6'3" tall.
Eric describes its hair as between 5" - 8" in length but matted and dirty like sheep’s wool, with a light coloration. When I asked for more clarification he responded a tan, or greyish white, off color, he said it was hard to tell exactly what the color was with the firelight, but it appeared to be a uniform light color.
Eric reported that no unusual odors were detected with this sighting, nor were there any unusual sounds other than the heavy hollow sounding footfalls.
Eric related to me that they had shared this encounter with the family for a few years now, but didn’t think to report it until after watching "Finding Bigfoot" and viewing the BFRO website.
He also added that once they were talking to a neighboring property owner about their encounter, when he said that he had seen the same thing chasing deer in the open areas too.
Investigators Notes: I am very familiar with this area, as it has been one of my local research areas for nearly ten years now. We have found several footprints in the snow and several track ways over the past years in this area. It is a more remote area of Northern Colorado that not many people get into. The land around there is mostly private ranch lands, and public access is limited. This makes research here limited to the public areas. This area has an impressive number of game animals, deer, elk, moose, pronghorn, and mountain lions.
About BFRO Investigator Dennis Pfohl:
Dennis Pfohl is a business owner in Colorado and an avid Outdoorsman. He attended the 2004 New Mexico Expedition (Mescalero IR), 2005 New Mexico Expedition (Mescalero), 2005 California Sierras Expedition, and 2005/2008 Oklahoma exp. 2008 Texas Expedition. Organizer of the first Colorado
BFRO expedition in 2005, and organized the 06,07,08,09,10,11,12 Colorado Expeditions.